Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe is pleased to announce the County’s Safe Surrender Program celebrated success for the tenth time this year with the report of a safely surrendered newborn baby boy. This most recent safe surrender occurred on October 17, 2014 at a hospital in Tarzana. A baby girl was safely surrendered in Tarzana earlier this year.
As is standard practice, the newborn is in protective custody and will be placed with families approved for adoption by the Department of Children and Family Services.
“It’s hard to imagine anyone wanting to give up a child, but this mother bravely made the better choice for her baby boy—No shame. No blame. No names,” said Supervisor Knabe. “Thanks to the Safe Surrender program, this little boy has been blessed with the gift of life and now has the opportunity to grow up as part of a loving family.”
This is the tenth Safe Surrender in Los Angeles County in 2014, and the 123rd since the program began nearly 13 years ago. The program was initiated by Supervisor Knabe and approved unanimously by the Board of Supervisors in 2001. It allows someone to surrender an infant that is no more than three days old, as long as the infant shows no signs of abuse.
To learn more about the Safe Surrender Program, visit BabySafeLA.org.